Saturday, July 24, 2010

Julian’s Jeopardy

Title: Julian’s Jeopardy
Author: Marie Harte
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-811-2
Genre: {M/F} {M/M} Paranormal Shape-shifter
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Through genetic manipulation, government scientists have finally created a super-soldier, The Circ. As with the original group who can transform into great hulking barely human beasts, the current, more dangerous second generation are also psychically gifted in some manner. The four men on this team operate under a project title of Dawn Endeavor, working for a secretive woman, Mrs. Sharp, that they don’t completely trust.

Julian Hawkins takes his responsibilities as group leader very seriously and with two of the members now mated, the group dynamics are changing in ways he never imagined. Unfortunately, some things never change, which explains why Julian finds himself kidnapped and held prisoner by a groups of scientists determined to extract the key to his genetic code. After weeks of abuse, a woman meant to be his mate saves him. Months later he still isn’t certain she wasn’t a hallucination, so he’s surprised when their boss introduces her as the team’s new medical specialist. Can he trust this woman who holds his heart, or has she come for another reason—one that could get his team killed?

Julian’s Jeopardy is the latest release in the paranormal shape-shifter series, Dawn Endeavor, and since the plot and characters of these books are so heavily intertwined, I recommend they be read in order.

The action starts on the very first page and the plot speeds to the end like an out of control freight train. It’s a tale filled with dangerous scientists, crazy military men, close friendships, passion, love, desire and a few mysteries about Mrs. Sharp revealed. For a paranormal lover, it has all the components needed for an entertaining read.

I’ve enjoyed all the previous stories, but this newest book is now my favorite. I admit to being curious about Julian from the moment he was introduced, so I was thrilled to learn I didn’t have to wait for the last book in the series to read his story. He’s a complicated and interesting man, with a rigid core of strength and dependability, that’s become the backbone of his team and when he goes missing, they almost fall apart. It’s with the characterizations and relationships in this release that Ms. Harte excelled. Despite being changed genetically, at heart they’re still human, with all the pain, desire and problems that entails. These men and woman are a family and you can feel the love, caring and warmth radiating from the scenes.

The attraction between Sheridan and Julian is immediate and intense and adding her to the plotline as his love interest is a nice twist. Ms. Harte has written her well—fitting perfectly into Julian’s heart and world, and the healing gift is a perfect fit. She’s dedicated, loyal and loving but isn’t going to let anyone walk over her, including Julian. Oh, and did I mention there’s a little surprise coming for this totally human mate. Read and find out what happens. My lips are sealed.

*Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices, ménage, and voyeurism.*

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